Sensory Friendly Saturday

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Sensory Friendly Saturday
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Sensory Friendly Saturday says
Join us in Henry Ford Museum and at the Giant Screen Experience for a sensory friendly day and screening of the film “Life, Animated.” On this day, a variety of accommodations, activities and more are put into place in the museum for our guests on the autism spectrum and with other sensory sensitivities.

There will also be two screenings of the film “Life, Animated” at the Giant Screen Experience: 1:30 pm and 5 pm. This film tells the inspirational story of a young man with autism who suddenly went silent as a child, until he and his family discovered a way to communicate using Disney animated films. See here for more information on “Life, Animated”: Movie tickets may be purchased here:

What can you expect?
-Event maps showing locations of loud sounds, bright lights and quiet zones in Henry Ford Museum.
-Select loud sounds turned off or minimized in exhibits.
-Noise-cancelling headphones and earplugs available for guests to use.
-Quiet zones marked off by signage as calming spaces for guests.
-Special activities in the museum, in addition to Tinker. Hack. Invent. Saturdays activities.
-Screenings of the film “Life, Animated.”
-Sensory friendly screening of "National Parks Adventure" at 11:15 am, in which the lights in the theater are turned up and the sound is turned down.
- Tinker Hack Invent Saturday will offer free seasonal activities, including Spooky Touch & Match and Pumpkin Sorting games, will provide fun for all ages. Sensory-friendly events will take place all day under our DC 3 airplane near the Museum Plaza.

Prior to your visit, you may view this social narrative, created by the Autism Alliance of Michigan and The Henry Ford, showing what families might see, hear, smell, taste and touch inside Henry Ford Museum.

Staff members of The Henry Ford recently participated in Michigan Autism Safety Training (MAST), provided by the Autism Alliance of Michigan, to better understand the characteristics of autism and how to recognize and communicate with someone with autism.

Pricing: Free for members or with paid admission to Henry Ford Museum or the Giant Screen Experience.
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By: The Henry Ford